Ah, gentle readers, your MatchGirl is in quite a quandry.
My unemployment will run out sometime this Spring (it looks like April, but these things are so confusing, and, as unemployment continues to grow, who knows if they will add another extension - it is an election year, after all!). When it does, I will have been out of the 9-5 grind for a year and a half. A long time.
That's not to say that I haven't been working. No. In this past (over a) year, your MatchGirl has been working her little bum off. I have been networking. I have been sending out resumes. I have revamped my resume and I have written hundreds of cover letters. I have started two blogs - both of which have gotten quite a bit of (positive) attention from the media (local and international). I have organized meet-ups for other unemployed people, so that they can come together and relax and share a drink with people in their same boat. I have become a co-founder of Work It Brooklyn (taking that networking idea to the next level). Yet, I am still unemployed.
I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do for employment and, though I truly need a job (and soon), I still look at postings with a critical eye. Sure, my main want for employment is to work for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (and idea cemented after spending a day working with her team), but they're not hiring. So I am looking for a job. And, while I don't want just any job, I am open to ideas. I am open to suggestions. I am open to someone sharing my LinkedIn page with someone they know somewhere, because I am just not sure how to turn the other things I have been doing into something that can sustain me financially.
Who out there is looking to hire a smart, talented and hard-working woman? A creative girl with a great sense of organization and personal style? Someone who gives her all to everything she does?
Cos, seriously, I need a job.